Thousands of comments were received during the first phase of public input that has helped the architects design solutions and balance priorities for the future of the Mexican American Cultural Center. On Saturday, October 7, the City will hold a public open house meeting for the community to review and provide input on design concepts that reflect that feedback.
The October 7 Public Open House event will include a gallery viewing of the proposed design options and a formal presentation by the CasaBella Architects. The public feedback received during this meeting will help CasaBella prioritize elements of the design and prepare a final recommendation to be presented during the third and final public open house meeting in December 2017. The architects will prepare a design presentation for the City’s boards and commissions in early 2018.
Participants at the October 7 event will enjoy free parking, breakfast tacos (while they last), and activities for kids. A presentation from CasaBella Architects will provide an overview of the design concepts and invite public input for the selection and refinement of a final plan. Participants will have an opportunity to tour the complex and learn more about the vision for the Plan. Interested parties who are not able to attend will be encouraged to provide input online in English and Spanish by completing the questionnaire that will be distributed after the event.
Where: ESB-MACC | 600 River St, Austin, TX 78701 When: October 7, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon (presentation at 10:30 a.m.)
The official public launch of ESB-MACC Master Plan Update, held on June 17, invited participants to talk one-on-one with members of the architectural team at three information and visioning stations that detailed six specific elements of the Master Plan Update:
Buildings and Programming
La Plaza (El Zocalo)
La Gran Entrada (The Grand Entrance)
Discussions at each station provided the community an opportunity to share specific constraints and desires for change.
The organizers have also hosted a series of small group discussions to gain input from individuals and groups such as the ESB-MACC Advisory Board, MACC/PARD Boards, former MACC board members, East Austin or former Rainey Street residents, and arts and cultural groups that provide programming at the Mexican American Cultural Center, as well as partners such as the Waller Creek Conservancy, Waller Creek Local Government Corp., and the Trail Foundation. Public input on the project was supported by an online and print survey that invited comments on each of the six key elements listed above.